Segmenting and Connecting: From Event Perception to Comics

Mira Dontcheva  Barbara Tversky, Columbia Teachers College and Stanford University


Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University October 23, 2009
, 12:45pm, Gates B01

The stuff of life comes at us as a multi-media barrage of information. From this, people abstract meaningful events.  When people relate those events, they impose a narrative, with a beginning, middle, and end.  The first part of the talk will describe research on people's perception and cognition of ongoing events.  The second part describe how events are conveyed in visual narratives, from instructions to comics.


Barbara Tversky studied cognitive psychology at the University of Michigan.  She taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and then moved to Stanford, where she taught many years before taking early retirement and transferring to Columbia Teachers College, although she happily maintains ties with Stanford.  Her research integrates the basic with the applied, from memory, categorization, spatial language and thinking, event perception and cognition to eyewitness testimony, human-computer interaction, visualizations, design, and more.  She has enjoyed interdisciplinary collaborations with linguists, philosophers, architects, designers, biologists, chemists, and especially computer scientists.

The talks are open to the public. They are in the Gates Building, Room B01 in the basement. The nearest public parking is in the structure at Campus Drive and Roth Way.

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